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In this handout from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), a colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) of a Ebola virus virion is seen. (Photo by Center for Disease Control (CDC) via Getty Images)

EAST LYME —  Authorities have issued a statement to East Lyme residents stating there is no outbreak of the Ebola Virus following a false text message that was sent out.

The text residents received stated “wear medical grade masks and stay indoors until further notice.”

East Lyme’s health department said the message is not true.

“The content of this message is FALSE. There is no ongoing outbreak of Ebola Virus in the area,” said East Lyme health department on its Facebook page Wednesday night.

East Lyme Police said the fake Ebola warning  started as a joke text sent by a boyfriend to his girlfriend. The girlfriend wasn’t sure what to make of it and then sent it to a few of her friends. Eventually, someone was concerned enough to call the Health District, who reported it to the police.

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